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7 Aircraft That First Flew In 2014

We saw some pretty amazing aircraft make their first flights in 2014. The bar has been set high for next year - What are you looking forward to?

1) Cessna Citation Latitude (February 18th)

Cessna's Citation Latitude will have the widest fuselage of any Citation jet, designed with a flat cabin floor, 6 ft of cabin height, and a 2,500 NM range. The two-pilot Latitude accommodates up to nine passengers, and can climb to 43,000 ft in just 23 minutes. The Citation Latitude is designed with a powerful new cabin cooling system, Garmin G5000 avionics and auto-throttle capabilities, an electronically-operated cabin door, and lower cabin altitudes for a more comfortable flight.

Cessna


2) Boeing Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA) - (February 28th)

Boeing selected the Challenger 605 for its Maritime Surveillance Aircraft because of its speed, altitude, endurance, and payload capacity. The airplane will incorporate proven mission system technology currently used by the P-8A program, but without the cost of operating a large 737.

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3) Airbus E-Fan (March 11th)

The Airbus E-Fan is an electric aircraft designed to be a pilot-trainer. At the 2014 Farnborough Airshow, Airbus announced that the E-Fan 2.0 will go into production by 2017 with a side-by-side seating layout. Airbus has plans to produce an electric, regional commercial aircraft soon.

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4) Cirrus Vision SF50 Jet (March 25th)

The SF50 is a seven seat, pressurized, single engine jet and the newest airplane in the Cirrus line of composite high performance personal aircraft. It has a 300 knot cruise speed, and each aircraft is listed at $1.96 Million.

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5) Solar Impulse 2 (June 2nd)

On June 2nd, Solar Impulse 2 took to the skies for the firs time. Solar Impulse is the only airplane of perpetual endurance, able to fly day and night on solar power, without a drop of fuel. This revolutionary single-seater aircraft made of carbon fiber has a 72 meter wingspan (larger than that of the Boeing 747-8I) with a weight of just 2,300 Kg, equivalent to that of a car. It's goal is an un-aided flight around the world.

Solar Impulse


6) Advanced High-Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft (AHRLAC) - (July 26th)

Claimed to be Africa's first home-grown military aircraft, the Advanced High-Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft (AHRLAC) is designed to integrate a range of military and civilian support technologies in one multi-role package. Aimed at performing duties similar to both attack helicopters and reconnaissance planes, the AHRLAC is designed to carry surveillance equipment, weapons, radar, and electronic warfare systems.



7) Airbus A320neo (September 25th)

The letters "neo" stand for "New Engine Option" and are the last step of the A320 Enhanced modernization program. Improvements result in 20% fuel savings per seat compared with current engine option (CEO) aircraft, along with two tons more payload, up to 500 nautical miles additional range, lower operating costs, and reductions in engine noise and emissions.

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Swayne Martin

Swayne is an editor at Boldmethod, certified flight instructor, and an Embraer 145 First Officer for a regional airline. He graduated as an aviation major from the University of North Dakota in 2018, holds a PIC Type Rating for Cessna Citation Jets (CE-525), and is a former pilot for Mokulele Airlines. He's the author of articles, quizzes and lists on Boldmethod every week. You can reach Swayne at swayne@boldmethod.com, and follow his flying adventures on his YouTube Channel.

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